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Arctic Circle Express: Sweden & Norway
Trains:  Flam Railway
Bergen Railway
15-day Escorted Tour

Tour Type:  First-Class

The Tour

Travel on some of the most well-maintained railway systems in Europe while witnessing truly outstanding scenery. Our tour begins in Stockholm, then travels one of the most northerly lines in the world, crossing the Arctic Circle. Then we enjoy an in-depth exploration of southern Norway’s fjords and scenic railways, ending in the cultural capital of Oslo. Tour includes Flam, Bergen and Rauma Railways!  This is a budget-oriented tour that requires stamina and the ability to carry your own luggage. Some of the hotels are tourist-class hotels; most train reservations are in second class. Upgrade: The Society is happy to customize a Scandinavia tour for you using first- or deluxe-class accommodations, trains, cruises and other travel options. Please click here for more info.

The Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Stockholm
Included flight from London to Stockholm, where we spend two nights at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, close to historic Old Town. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the modern city and the narrow streets of Gamla Stan (the Old Town).  (D)

Day 2: Stockholm

Today is at your leisure to explore Sweden’s lively and beautiful capital, perhaps by taking a boat cruise along its waterways. We particularly recommend visiting the Vasa, a royal flagship recovered from the seabed after sinking in the harbor on her maiden voyage in 1628, now displayed in a superb museum.  (B)

Day 3: Inland to Östersund
Departing Stockholm we head inland by InterCity train to Östersund, nestled on the shore of Lake Storsjön, Sweden’s fifth largest lake. Here we stay for one night at the Best Western Gamla Teatern.  (B, D)

Day 4: The Inlandsbanan, Arctic Circle and Lapland
Take the Inlandsbanan tourist train through Sweden’s landscape of lakes and forests to the untamed wilderness of Lapland. The train makes leisurely stops along the way for passengers to buy food and take photographs, and the knowledgeable hosts are on hand with local information. After crossing the Arctic Circle into the “Land of the Midnight Sun” we enjoy a light dinner with local Sami specialities before transferring to the Hotel Jokkmokk, set in the heart of Laponia’s World Heritage region. IRT guests report this day is a highlight of the trip. (B, D)

Day 5: The Ofoten Railway to Narvik
Transferring through Laponia to Gällivare, we continue on the Ofoten Railway—one of the most northerly lines in the world—past sheer drops down to fjords and dramatic mountains. We arrive at the port of Narvik for a two-night stay at the Quality Grand Royal Hotel, close to the town’s historic monuments.  (B, D)

Day 6: Narvik
Your day in Narvik is free to spend as you choose. You may take the opportunity to visit the Ofoten Museum, to discover the cultural history of Narvik, enjoy a cable car ride (seasonal) to experience breathtaking views or visit the poignant Red Cross War Memorial Museum.  (B)

Day 7: South to Trondheim
Today we begin with a coach journey along the coast and a beautiful ferry crossing. At Fauske we continue by train, leaving the Arctic Circle before arriving late evening in Trondheim, Norway’s religious capital. The centrally located Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel is our home for the next two nights.  (B, D)

Day 8: Trondheim
Today you have time to explore Trondheim at your own pace. Perhaps visit the fascinating Music Museum at Ringve, specializing in instruments from around the world, where you can also stroll around the Ringve Botanical Gardens. Other suggestions include the National Museum of Decorative Arts, a penitentiary dating to 1725, now a distinctive, quaint maritime museum; or the Nidaros Cathedral, considered to be the most significant cathedral in Norway.  (B)

Day 9: The Rauma Railway
We leave Trondheim by train for Dombås, where we join the 71-mile Rauma Railway for a journey through jagged mountain peaks and gorges, following the course of the River Rauma to Åndalsnes. From here we transfer by coach to Geiranger for a two-night stay at the Union Hotel, situated at the head of the fjord.  (B, D)

Day 10: Geirangerfjord
The Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most spectacular, and today we enjoy the beautiful scenery during a morning boat cruise. See famed waterfalls, “Seven Sisters” and the “Friar,” set against the sheer mountains, while snow-covered peaks and deep blue waters demonstrate why the site deserves its UNESCO World Heritage status.  (B)

Day 11: To Flåm
We leave Geiranger by coach and continue through fjord country to Flåm at the head of the Aurlandsfjord. We travel through valleys hemmed in by lofty mountains and along steep-sided fjords, every bend in the road offering a new and interesting perspective. In Flåm we stay at the Fretheim Hotel.  (B, D)

Day 12: The Flåm Railway
Today we enjoy a superb excursion on the Flåm Railway. Our rail journey takes us up into the mountains along one of the steepest lines in the world, which twists and turns to accommodate the extreme terrain. We reach the end at Myrdal and return to Flåm, where we board the express boat for an afternoon journey along Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, Sognefjord. Navigating coastal islets and skerries, we end the day in Bergen, where we stay for two nights at the Radisson Blu Hotel Norge, located in the heart of the city.  (B, D)

Day 13: Bergen
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Bergen at your own pace. The town is nestled beneath seven strategic hills and surrounded by fjords. The city's wharf, called Bryggen, is lined with classic wooden buildings and has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site; and the Fløibanen funicular railway affords great views of the city and its harbors from the top of Mount Fløien.  (B)

Day 14: The Bergen Railway to Oslo
We leave Bergen by train for a magnificent journey on Northern Europe’s highest railway line, the Bergen Railway. The train climbs high above the tree line across some of the most remote areas of western Norway before descending through pastures to the elegant city of Oslo. On arrival we walk the short distance to check in to the Thon Hotel Opera, close to the city center.  (B, D)

Day 15: Oslo to London
The final morning is free to spend at leisure in Oslo. Visit one of the attractive city parks or the elegant Royal Palace. Norway's capital city offers plenty of museums, including the Viking Ship and Maritime Museum, the Folk Museum and the (Edvard) Munch Museum. In the afternoon depart for the airport for your included flight from Oslo to London.  (B)


2014 Dates:
June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 4, 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8

2015 Dates:
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7

The Prices

  2014  Double
Single
  June 6
£2,895
£3,590
  June 13 £2,895 £3,480
  June 20 £2,895 £3,480
  June 27 £2,845 £3,430
  July 4 £2,925 £3,510
  July 11 £2,895 £3,480
  July 18 £2,875 £3,460
  July 25 £2,875 £3,460
  August 1 £2,845 £3,430
  August 8 £2,845 £3,430

 

  2015  Double
Single
  June 26; July 3
£3,045
£3,690
  June 19; July 10 £2,995 £3,640
  All other departures £2,945 £3,590


All pricing is per person.  Tour priced in British pounds. For approximate exchange rates, visit http://www.xe.com

Deposit Required: £400 per person.

Payments must be made by Visa/Mastercard debit card (no fee); or Visa/Mastercard credit card (add 2% surcharge). Payments may also be made by wire transfer in British Pounds (no fee).

Other:

Note: Travelers can opt to begin/end tour in Scandinavia; if so, there will be a reduction of approximately £200 per person.

Price includes:

• Scheduled flights London to Stockholm and Oslo to London in Economy Class (If you want to fly straight to Scandinavia, deduct £200 per person. Please advise upon booking.)
• Rail and coach travel as described. Most rail is not first class.
• 14 nights' 3- and 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast each day
• 9 dinners, mostly buffet style
• 2 cruise excursions
• 6 scenic railway excursions
• All other excursions as described in the itinerary
• Transfers in Scandinavia
• Services of your Tour Manager throughout

Legend for Meals: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D – Dinner

NOTE: Medical/evacuation insurance is required for this journey.

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Arctic Circle Express: Sweden & Norway (Length:15 days)
The Highlights
The astonishing Flåm Railway to Myrdal, which climbs 2,800 feet in 12 miles
Oslo-Bergen Railway, with one of the most spectacular scenic railway journeys in Europe
Cruise of the Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site
Sweden’s Inlandsbanan to the Arctic Circle
The Ofoten Railway, one of the most northerly lines in the world, with dramatic mountain and fjord scenery
Time to explore Stockholm, Narvik, Trondheim and Bergen

Arctic Circle Express: Sweden & Norway
Bergen Railway

Arctic Circle Express: Sweden & Norway
Flam Railway

Arctic Circle Express: Sweden & Norway
Flam Railway

Arctic Circle Express: Sweden & Norway
Rauma Railway
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